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Exciting! Electrifying! days for readers

May 2, 2017

Exciting! Electrifying! Calling all Star Wars fans, book and music lovers, and comic book readers! Be prepared for an amazing week.

First, there’s… May the Fourth, aka Star Wars Day, a day to celebrate all things Star Wars. Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character. Stay up for a Star Wars movie marathon. Read your favorite Star Wars book (my 10-year old son’s recommendation: “Lost Stars” by Claudia Gray). Indulge in Vader taters, Wookie cookies, and Yoda soda. Practice your lightsaber moves.

Followed by… Free Comic Book Day. From the nostalgic (Archie and Underdog) to the futuristic (Avatar and Dr. Who), for kids (SpongeBob) and kids of all ages, there’s a comic book for everyone! On Saturday, May 6, stop by a Hawaii public library and get a free comic book. Show your HSPLS library card at a Hawaii public library in Aiea, Aina Haina, Hawaii Kai, Hilo, Kahului, Kailua, Kailua-Kona (students, dress for the Cosplay competition!), Kapolei, Kihei, Lahaina, Lanai, Liliha, Makawao, Manoa, McCully-Moiliili, Mililani, Princeville, Salt Lake-Moanalua, Waikiki-Kapahulu, Waimanalo, Wahiawa, Waimea (Thelma Parker Memorial), and Waipahu. Check with specific libraries for special activities.

Wrapping up with… the Hawaii Book and Music Festival, May 6-7 in Honolulu. Immerse yourself in book readings, author signings, panel discussions, storytelling, music, hula, food demonstrations, and more. Trade your gently-used books at the Book Swap. Bring folding chairs or mats to sit on the lawn and soak up the entertainment. Let kids work off their energy in the Keiki Zone. A fun idea would be to have a round-robin storytelling, with a group of people pitching in to create an unexpected, one-of-a-kind story!

What books, comic books, or graphic novels are you reading? Which historical, futuristic, or fictional world do you wish you could live in?


Celebrate books, music, Star Wars, and comics

April 26, 2016

Hawaii Reading 2016

This week, there is a little something for readers, music lovers, Star Wars fanatics, and comic book buffs of all ages. Here are three celebrations you shouldn’t miss:

One of the best ways to learn about Hawaii books and even meet local authors is the Hawaii Book and Music Festival this weekend, April 30 and May 1, on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds in Honolulu. There’s something for book and music lovers of all ages, including a book swap (bring a gently-read book, get a gently-read book).

For readers, there are author talks, panel discussions, and author signings. For music lovers, there are mele and hula performances and even a ‘ukulele kanikapila. For children, there are entertainers, storytelling, and a keiki fun zone. My son loved singing along with PBS Kids’ Mr. Steve, who is back again this year.

Say “May the Fourth” out loud and you’ll understand why Star Wars fans celebrate May 4 with such zeal. You can jump into the spirit of Star Wars just by wishing someone a Happy May the Fourth Day. Get into a lightsaber fight with pool noodles, wrapping paper tubes, or even golf club bag tubes. I love the idea of having a Star Wars movie marathon party, costumes optional.

Whether you’re looking for Star Wars adventures (there’s a whole expanded universe out there), humor (I recommend Jeffrey Brown’s “Darth Vader and Son”), Shakespeare (Ian Doescher’s “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope” is excellent), or coloring books (relax with Art Therapy’s “Art of Coloring Star Wars: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation”), there’s a book for you.

Venture into the bright and dark world of comic books and graphic novels with Free Comic Book Day on May 7. Just show your valid HSPLS card at a participating Hawaii State Public Library and receive a free comic book. Choose from the Avengers, Pokemon, Spongebob, Strawberry Shortcake, and more.  (I have my eye on Serenity or Captain America). Some libraries may even surprise you with a visit by costumed characters from the Pacific Outpost of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion Hawaii, and Costumers Guild of Hawaii.

On Oahu, visit public libraries in Aiea, Aina Haina, Hawaii Kai, Kaulua, Kalihi-Palama, Kapolei, Manoa, McCully-Moiliili, Mililani, Salt Lake, Waianae, Waikiki-Kapahulu, Waimanalo, and Waipahu. On Hawaii Island, visit public libraries in Hilo, Kailua-Kona, and Thelma Parker Memorial. On Kauai, visit the public library in Princeville. On Lanai, stop by the Lanai Public and School Library booth at the Saturday Market in Dole Park. On Maui, visit public libraries in Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina, and Makawao.

If you could visit a world or time from a book, movie, or comic book, where would you go? Would you rather read a book first, and then watch the film adaptation; or watch the movie first?

Comics, books, music, and storytelling in Hawaii

April 29, 2014

Coming up is an awesome weekend of comics, books, music, and storytelling in Hawaii!

Free Comic Book Day 2014

* Indulge your love of comic books! Comic books encourage a love of reading, spur our imaginations, feed our appreciation for art, and teach us values – like doing the right thing and “With great power comes great responsibility.” And they’re fun to read!

On May 3, you can get a free special edition comic book for yourself or a friend, courtesy of Free Comic Book Day. Readers can choose from titles such as “Hello Kitty Surprise,” “Transformers vs. G.I. Joe,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Public libraries across the state will give away free comic books, but you must have a Hawaii Library card (free for Hawaii residents and military). On Oahu, stop by a public library in Aiea, Aina Haina, Hawaii Kai, Kailua, Kalihi-Palama, Kapolei, McCully-Moiliili, Mililani, Salt Lake-Moanalua, Waikiki-Kapahulu, Waimanalo, or Waipahu. Be on the lookout for Star Wars costumed characters, who will show up at selected libraries. On the Big Island, check out the public libraries in Hilo and at Thelma Parker Memorial. On Kauai, stop by the Princeville Public Library. On Maui, public libraries in Kihei and Lahaina are participating.

Hawaii Book and Music Festival

* Immerse yourself in books, music, and storytelling! Books and music are doorways to free our minds, as Morpheus might say. They can teach us about history and different cultures, show us different points of view, expand our vocabulary, develop reasoning skills, and improve our writing. Music can improve our mood, help us with visualization, and reduce our stress.

On May 3 and 4, spend the day at the 9th Annual Hawaii Book and Music Festival, on the Civic Grounds outside Honolulu Hale. Watch short movies, listen to authors reading their works and musicians performing songs, and attend panel discussions about local issues. Bring some gently-used books to exchange in the Book Swap, and leave with new-to-you books.

Kids can take pictures with costumed characters like The Cat in the Hat and Curious George; work off their excitement on jumpers and keiki rides; listen to kids reading poetry and prose; and bring in their books to swap with others.

What books and comics are you reading now? Who are your favorite authors?